Top 5 Plant Engineering articles June 27 to July 3: Hydraulic systems, industrial lubricant storage, world-class maintenance, more

Articles about lubrication 101, industrial lubricant storage, lean manufacturing, hydraulic systems, and maintenance training were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, June 27 to July 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra July 4, 2016

Plant Engineering top 5 most read articles from June 27 to July 3, covered lubrication 101, industrial lubricant storage, lean manufacturing, hydraulic systems, and maintenance training. Link to each article below. 

1. Lubrication 101

The need for lubrication in mechanical systems in understood-and sometimes it can be taken for granted. The following information covers some of the basic issues in lubrication, such as making the choice between oil and grease for lubrication and the impact which oil-distribution methods. 

2. Industrial lubricant storage: Six common mistakes

Industrial lubricants affect many of the most costly areas of a manufacturing operation: machine downtime, disposal costs, parts failure and labor costs. Understand how to avoid contamination and confusion. 

3. Efficiency: Lean manufacturing, integrated automation 

Pressure on manufacturers to be efficient and eliminate waste continues to grow as the manufacturing industry, especially in developed countries, works to compete in the global market place. 

4. Why do hydraulic systems get hot?

Hydraulic horsepower either goes to work as energy or is wasted energy in the form of heat. If a hydraulic system is designed to be efficient and is operated and maintenance properly, it won’t get hot. 

5. Batting against the “half-life” of maintenance training 

Effective maintenance training is not a one-time thing. It’s an always thing. Understanding and practicing this idea is one of the keys to success with using a modern CMMS to improve maintenance operations.

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, June 27 to July 3, for articles published within the last two months. 

Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.